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Doug Cowen

Doug Cowen

Main Content

  • Professor of Physics
  • Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Physics Department
104 Davey Laboratory PMB 244
University Park, PA 16802
Email: cowen [ AT ] phys [ DOT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 863-5943


  1. Dartmouth College (B.A., Physics), 1983
  2. University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S., Physics), 1985
  3. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., Physics), 1990


Particle Astrophysics
  • Experimental
Particles & Fields
  • Experimental

Honors and Awards

  • ICS Faculty Fellow, 2012
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2009
  • Research Visit Grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), 2008
  • NSF CAREER, 1999
  • Francis W. Sears Physics Prize, 1983
  • Sigma Xi Prize, 1983
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 1983
  • Rufus Choate Scholar, 1982
  • Francis L. Town Scientific Prize, 1981

Selected Publications

  1. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), IceTop: The surface component of IceCube, Nucl. Instrum. Methods A 700, (2013) 188-220. (Equal coauthor)
  2. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), Lateral Distribution of Muons in IceCube Cosmic Ray Events, Phys. Rev. D 87, (2013) 012005. (Equal Coauthor)
  3. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), Search for Relativistic Magnetic Monopoles with IceCube, Phys. Rev. D 87, (2013) 022001. (Equal Coauthor)
  4. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), Searches for high-energy neutrino emission in the Galaxy with the combined IceCube-AMANDA detector, Astrophys. J. 763, (2013) 33. (Equal coauthor).
  5. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), Searching for soft relativistic jets in Core-collapse Supernovae with the IceCube Optical Follow-up Program, Astron. Astrophys. 539, (2012) A60. (Equal coauthor).
  6. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), Multi-year search for dark matter annihilations in the Sun with the AMANDA-II and IceCube detectors, Phys. Rev. D 85, (2012) 042002. (Equal coauthor)
  7. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), A Search for UHE Tau Neutrinos with IceCube, Phys. Rev. D. 86, (2012) 022005. (Equal coauthor)
  8. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), An absence of neutrinos associated with cosmic-ray acceleration in gamma-ray bursts, Nature 484, (2012) 351-354. (Equal coauthor)
  9. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), Search for periodic neutrino emission from binary systems with 22 and 40 strings of IceCube, Astrophys. J. 748, (2012) 118. (Equal coauthor)
  10. R. Abbasi, et. al. (ICECUBE Collaboration), Limits on Neutrino Emission from Gamma-Ray Bursts with the 40 String IceCube Detector, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, (2011) 141101. (Equal coauthor).

Research Interests

Astrophysics; particles and fields.

Research Group Members

Current Postdocs: Timothy Arlen, João Pedro Athayde Marcondes De Andre
Current Graduate Students: Matthew Dunkman, Feifei Huang
Current Undergraduate Students: John Groh, Dylan Lutton, Melissa Quinnan.
Past Postdocs: Ken Clark, D. Jason Koskinen, Darren Grant, Dawn Williams, Pat Toale, Carsten Rott, Seon-Hee Seo, Brendan Fox.